Contractor Tools

  1. #222 – Shutgun vs Quickstop Fire Sprinkler Tools: Which Shuts Off Heads Better?

    #222 – Shutgun vs Quickstop Fire Sprinkler Tools: Which Shuts Off Heads Better?
    Two leading fire sprinkler shutoff tools—the Shutgun and Quickstop—compete for the chance to stop water damage. A run-down of the pros & cons of each tool.
  2. #220 – CPVC vs PVC: How a Simple Change Transforms PVC into CPVC Fire Sprinkler Pipe

    #220 – CPVC vs PVC: How a Simple Change Transforms PVC into CPVC Fire Sprinkler Pipe
    CPVC and PVC pipes both move water and share other characteristics, but only one is used in fire protection Since its first use in fire protection systems in the 1980s, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipes have emerged as a corrosion-resistant, lighter weight, less expensive, longer-lasting alternative to metal pipes in residential and light hazard wet sprinklers. And while steel has...
  3. #219 – Paint Markers for Tires, Warehousing, Art, and Other Common Uses

    #219 – Paint Markers for Tires, Warehousing, Art, and Other Common Uses
    Most paint markers claim to be permanent, but with uses that vary from touching up tires to decorating rocks, what's hype and what's reality? QRFS explores trending and established uses for paint markers to help consumers choose between specialty and all-purpose models.
  4. #213 – Fire Sprinkler Accidents: The Top 5 Causes of Discharges and Leaks

    #213 – Fire Sprinkler Accidents: The Top 5  Causes of Discharges and Leaks
    QRFS shares tips for avoiding fire sprinkler accidents and system leaks—and reveals the easiest methods for stopping them once they happen.
  5. #208 – Pilot Clamp not Available? The Tru-Drill II is a Great Alternative

    #208 – Pilot Clamp not Available? The Tru-Drill II is a Great Alternative
    Pilot clamps are sometimes out of stock, but the Tru-Drill II is a reliable alternative for drilling perfect holes in pipe—with its own unique features.
  6. #200 – What's a Firefighting Playpipe and Why Do We Call It That?

    #200 – What's a Firefighting Playpipe and Why Do We Call It That?
    QRFS looks at the origins and historic use of the term "playpipe," explaining how firefighting playpipe became the inspector’s tool of choice for straightening water flows.
  7. #198 – Paint Markers for Metalwork, Construction, HVAC, Maintenance, and Industrial Applications

    #198 – Paint Markers for Metalwork, Construction, HVAC, Maintenance, and Industrial Applications
    Many marking tools don't perform well on non-porous surfaces like metal—and the marks they leave aren't suited to rough handling, heat, weather, and other extreme conditions. QRFS explains how oil-based paint markers for metal can make life easier for those working in construction, metalwork, and other industries.
  8. #193 – Guide to Flexible Fire Sprinkler Drops, Part 2: Selection and Code Issues for FlexHead, VICFLEX, and More

    #193 – Guide to Flexible Fire Sprinkler Drops, Part 2: Selection and Code Issues for FlexHead, VICFLEX, and More
    Knowledge of rated bends, manufacturers, and fire code can help contractors make informed decisions about the selection and installation of flexible fire sprinkler drops. To learn more about FlexHead, VicFlex, and other leading products, read on.
  9. #189 – Guide to Flexible Fire Sprinkler Drops, Part 1: Ceilings, Sprinkler Armovers, and Seismic Issues

    #189 – Guide to Flexible Fire Sprinkler Drops, Part 1: Ceilings, Sprinkler Armovers, and Seismic Issues
    QRFS looks at the adoption of flexible fire sprinkler drops, explaining how they work with suspended ceilings, why they install faster than sprinkler armovers, and how they help installers protect sprinkler systems against earthquakes.
  10. #187 – Guide to Pipe Joint Lubricant: ProSelect, Phoenix 27-XL and 27-A

    #187 – Guide to Pipe Joint Lubricant: ProSelect, Phoenix 27-XL and 27-A
    Learn about pipe joint lubricant: what it does, when it's used, safety issues, and how lubricants vary across leading brands such as Phoenix 27 XL, Phoenix 27 A, and ProSelect.

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